Halloween is notorious for the most candy sales of the year, as well as for the purchase of costumes and lots of decorations that are not Eco – friendly. Having a green Halloween rests on the shoulders of all of us. Here are some tips to help plan for a safe and healthy Holiday:
Educate your children – Before going out in the neighborhood trick – or – treating, take a few minutes to inspire your children about keeping the candy wrappers in their pockets, or in a bag when they indulge on their favorite candy. This would keep your neighbors yard clean and keep this tradition earth – friendly.
Keep the streets clean during parades – During the Fall and near Halloween, there are many city parades that take place all over the place. As the people watch from the side of the road, candy is literally thrown at them by the parade participants. I emphasized on ” thrown” because the candy scatters everywhere. After the parade is over, take a few extra minutes to make sure all the candy is picked up and there is no harm done to the environment. Carrying a bag to the parade with you is very useful.
Secure decorations – Many people decorate their homes for Halloween, but unfortunately many of them don’t plan for windy weather conditions. This is when we see a ghost barely hanging on to a tree, or decorations that look like a complete mess. Take the extra time to secure your decorations and by doing this you also save them from ruining.
Use energy saving light bulbs – I know that everyone wants to show off their Halloween decorations and make them as visible as possible. If you use energy saving light bulbs, you are not only saving on your electric bill, but you are also making your home look spooky because of the dim lights provided by these light bulbs.
Reuse decorations – I know that purchasing Halloween decorations can get exciting. keep in mind that by reusing the ones from last year, you are saving both on money and help make a green environment. If you want something different this year, maybe you can move them in a different place than where they were last year and still do your part to help the earth.
Donate decorations – If you got tired of the same decorations year after year, donate them to a friend or the Goodwill. Do not simply throw them away. Recycling is a big part of the green and healthy earth.
Provide trash cans during trick – or – treating – Having a trash can sitting by the front door during Halloween is not the most appealing thing. However, if you decorate the trash can and you incorporate it within your decorations, this should work. For example, you can put it in the middle of a bale of hay, after removing some of the hay out.
Recycle Halloween costumes – For the families with more than one child this works perfectly. You can reuse the same costumes their siblings wore in the previous years. You can even get creative and use part of the old costume while you add new material to them and make them into something totally different.
Make your own costumes – Do you have any rags, clothes that don’t fit, hats or old sheets around the house? Maybe you can just pull a scary outfit together. This will ensure that you are being Eco – friendly, and will make you proud to show off your creation.
Invite friends over for the costumes making – If you need ideas and a good laugh, invite your friends over. I am sure there will be plenty of green ideas you all will come up with and tips you can learn from each other.
Being Eco – friendly is not boring. More than anything, it makes you think more about the importance of having a healthy earth. Let’s enjoy Halloween in a green fashion and make the most out of it, by learning more, and educating others.